MNsure client aid organizations feeling squeezed Groups chosen for federal grants to to help enroll people in MNsure are feeling pressure due to delays in accessing the funds. The compressed timeline, one group president says, is "disrespectful" to the organizations that will do much of the work helping more than 1 million Minnesotans get health insurance through the exchange.6:20 a.m.
No change in Minnesota's child poverty rate State demographer Susan Brower says she isn't sure why the child poverty level won't budge, even as the economy turns around. But she has a couple of possible explanations.7:25 a.m.
Star Tribune editor Barnes heads to Texas Nancy Barnes, who led the Star Tribune newsroom as editor for six years marked by staff cuts, bankruptcy, stability and two Pulitzers, has announced that she's leaving the paper for a leadership post with the Houston Chronicle.7:45 a.m.
Federal Reserve Stays The Course On Stimulus
U.S. stocks rallied to new highs Wednesday on news the Federal Reserve is keeping its main stimulus program in place with no changes. Most analysts were expecting the Fed to start a gradual reduction in the level of stimulus.
Senators, Economists Lobby For Yellen To Be Fed Chairman
President Obama has taken his time in choosing a new Federal Reserve Chairman. It's a four-year post so whoever he picks will lead the central bank well into the next president's term. Top contender Larry Summers withdrew his name from consideration. Analysts speculate the No. 2 at the Fed, Janet Yellen, will now be the top choice.
Dean Norris, Breaking Out Of That Good-Guy Mold
The actor plays — played? — DEA Agent Hank Schrader on the soon-to-end drama Breaking Bad, as well as local politician Big Jim Rennie on Under the Dome. He chatted with NPR's Steve Inskeep about Hank's disposition, playing these two very different roles, and singing onstage when he was 5.
More Rain On The Way For Stranded Acapulco Tourists
Renee Montagne talks to Michael Weissenstein, of The Associated Press, about the deadly flooding and landslides caused by two tropical storms that hit Mexico this week. Some of the worst damage is around the resort town of Acapulco, where tens of thousands of tourists are stranded.
Sen. McConnell In No-Win Situation On Obamacare
When Kentucky businessman Matt Bevin jumped in to challenge fellow Republican Mitch McConnell in next year's primary, the Senate minority leader responded by lying low on controversial issues. And so far, McConnell has steered clear of an attempt to tie must-pass funding bills to a defunding of President Obama's health care law.
ACLU Posts Fed-Collected 'Suspicious' Activity Reports Online
Document requests by the ACLU of Northern California have produced an inside look at the records of suspicious activity reports gathered by federal authorities. The feds appear to be keeping files on people based on tips that fall far below the threshold of reasonable suspicion.
Fed Decision Gives Indian Market Temporary Reprieve
In India Thursday, markets soared tracking a global surge in assets. The rally erupted over the surprising move by the U.S. Federal Reserve to continue its monetary stimulus that has poured cheap money into the global economy.
Employees Rally In Support Of American, U.S. Airways Merger
Workers for American Airlines and U.S. Airways rallied in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday to urge the Justice Department to speed up approval of the pending merger. The department is pushing to block the deal on the grounds that it would hurt travelers by reducing competition, and increasing airfare.
Starbucks Asks Customers To Leave Their Guns Behind
Starbucks — which has been caught in the cross hairs of the gun control debate — is now asking customers to consider its coffee houses gun-free zones. Until now, the company had not discouraged customers in open-carry states from bringing weapons into their stores.
South Korea To Build 'Invisible' Skyscraper
South Korea is hoping to draw crowds to see a planned new skyscraper in Seoul. The Tower Infinity will feature cloaking technology with cameras and LED screens to help it appear invisible to buildings beside it. Airplanes will be able to see the building.